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He Put A Bed Frame In His Yard To Add A Country Vibe To His City Apartment

When you live in a concrete jungle, it’s easy to start missing the great outdoors. You miss the trees, you miss the open spaces, and you even begin to miss the yard that you had to mow a billion times a year.

But if you’re growing tired of your concrete space, have no fear. With a little creativity and some simple materials, you can add some country flair to your city dwelling.

Doesn’t that look awesome and comfortable? Having your own private backyard that you can nap in is every city dweller’s dream!

This Guy Made An Awesome Sandbox With Benches For His Kids

Growing up, my sandbox was a backyard oasis where I could truly escape the stresses of being a kid, while simultaneously exploring my creative side.

There were only ever two downsides to spending all day, every day in my sandbox: the uncomfortable feeling of having sand in every nook and cranny and keeping wildlife from taking up shelter in it.

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Luckily, Reddit user darwin_thornberry has found a way to solve both problems. He built an awesome sandbox for his children with collapsible benches that also serve as a lid. This design is so cool, it only makes me more jealous that someone didn’t think of it sooner.

He began by assembling a wooden base with plenty of room for sand.

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Next, he laid out a series of two-by-fours that he would eventually transform into two benches.

He added sets of hinges that would allow the wooden boards to serve a double purpose.

With the bench seats completed, he began work on the back supports.

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To make the benches fully collapsible, he needed to add more hinges to the back supports.

With both benches finished, the sandbox was mostly complete. All that was left to do was put it in place and add sand.

Now darwin_thornberry‘s kids have an amazing spot to play without getting sand in…uncomfortable places.

Plus, they can keep all kinds of critters out with the collapsible seats that double as a lid!

Oh the things I would have done for a backyard box like this when I was little! For the full instructions, click here.

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets — Awesome!

Getting your kids to go outside and play can be like pulling teeth.

Unless you have a sweet swing set, a cool pool, or some awesome outdoor toys, they’re more likely to want to stay indoors where there’s no dirt and plenty of snacks.

So how do you get them outdoors without physically locking them out for a few hours in the afternoon? (By the way, never do that!)

Well, one dad came up with a genius idea that involved just a few wooden pallets and two days of work. Get ready to be jealous of his parenting skills…

It’s great that he made this bare bones so that his kids can grow into it, decorate the house, and add to the space however they want.

What a fun, quick project! So, what are you waiting for? Time to start hoarding pallets!

They Turned An Unused Basketball Court Into A Patio, Complete With A Fire Pit!

It’s starting to get a little warmer out there, but not too warm — it’s basically the perfect temperature for some fire pit action. But outdoor furniture is so expensive! Unless you want everyone standing around a trash can fire, you’re going to have to get creative like Reddit user GregSolomon did!

Check out his step-by-step instructions to making a simple fire pit and benches — they look professionally done and are cheap enough that you can spend all the money you save on various BBQ meats and beer.

Here’s the plot that he started with. Since no one was ever interested in playing H-O-R-S-E, it was the perfect spot to build upon!

Luckily, the previous home owners left these retaining wall blocks lying around…they’d do just fine for the fire pit.

Making a fire pit like this is as easy as playing with building blocks as a kid…and just as fun!

To keep the flames away from the cement, he filled the pit with gravel, some bricks, and a grill cover.

Now for the benches! Using construction adhesive, he stacked and glued some cinder blocks onto each other like so.

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He made sure they were lined up because beams of wood would soon be threaded through those holes.

Holes were drilled in the ends of each piece of wood. This would make room for piping to thread them all together.

The first beam is inserted!

Things are starting to come together.

Then they began threading the piping through the beams.

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We have a bench! Although it doesn’t look terribly comfortable…

…so he added cushions and pillows!

All done!

Someone’s comfortable.

Just one question…you’re going to send us an invite to your first BBQ, right?

These 32 Do-It-Yourself Backyard Ideas For Summer Are Totally Awesome. Definitely Doing #14!

There are many advantages to owning a home, but being able to customize it may be one of the best. If you’re handy with a hammer (and honestly even if you’re not) some of these craft projects can take your backyard this summer from “blah” to “WOW THAT IS AWESOME.” Thanks to many creative people on the Internet, we have discovered some pretty genius ideas for projects you can work on in your back yard this summer. Check them out!

1.) Set up a lounge movie theater in the back yard using floor cushions.

2.) Plant giant allium flowers to make your back yard look like something out of Dr. Seuss.

3.) Build a simple treehouse for kids or adults.

4.) Add a beer cooler to a patio table.

5.) Put marbles in your fence’s holes (or drill them yourself).

6.) Convert an old bunk bed into a stargazing lounge.

7.) Make a giant Scrabble set.

8.) Build a fire pit in the back yard.

9.) And if you don’t want to spend too much money, try this cheap fire pit.

10.) Relax in a giant hammock swing you can make.

11.) Make wine bottle tiki torches for a night party.

12.) Make a beach in the back yard.

13.) Create a sofa on the lawn (maybe not for the faint of heart).

14.) Go camping in the back yard using some tents and pillows.

Or just add pillows to a tent to make a cozy reading nook.

15.) Use a trampoline instead of a diving board in a pool.

16.) Build some small teepees for backyard fun for the kids.

17.) Build simple, rustic coffee tables out of whiskey barrels.

18.) Upcycle used tires to make a playground.

19.) Get some neighborly help and build a simple gazebo for everyone to enjoy.

20.) Help your indoor kitty get some sun by building a walkway.

21.) Make a simple shower in the back yard using a hose.

22.) To make a simple canopy, just put a sheet over a line strung between trees.

23.) Having your own pizza oven in the back yard would be heaven.

24.) Build a simple bar for entertaining.

25.) Hack and IKEA table to make an outdoor stove.

26.) Build this lounge area on your porch so you can really enjoy it.

27.) Build a game of Twister on the lawn.

28.) Use salad bowls to make a DIY set of speakers.

29.) Build an extra seating area by using cheap pallets.

30.) Give kids a place to play by setting up a chalk board outside.

31.) Repurpose old windows to build a mini-greenhouse.

32.) Build little hideouts by just using hula hoops and shower curtains.

(H/T BuzzFeed) It’s about time you get outside this year… so try out this DIY projects (and share them with others).